01. Orbis Tertius | 5. The horizon of our concerns | c. The spheres are in commotion i.

i. Already a fictitious past occupies in our memories the place of another…

Until not all that long ago, a statue of Isaac Newton stood in Leicester Square (along with Shakespeare, Hogarth and Chaplin, among others). Further back still, this was the site of Wyld’s Great Globe, a 60-foot tall inverted representation of the Earth built by James Wyld the younger, noted geographer, map-seller and clearly something of a showman. The continents protruding from the surface of the interior were comprised of some 6000 plaster casts of mountain ranges, plains, deserts and tundra. Punch described it as “a geographical globule, which the mind can take in at one swallow” — a sensation perhaps akin to confronting JLB’s Aleph.

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